Yasir Naqvi Attorney General has said that “I would like to thank the pilot project team and the chief justices for their commitment to enhancing access to justice in French. The Ottawa courthouse will continue to proactively offer service in French and ensure that francophones are aware of their rights. Making these changes permanent is an important step in building a more accessible justice system for Franco-Ontarians across the province.”
Ontario is making it easier for French-speaking people in the Ottawa region to access French-language justice services.
Today, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, joined by Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Francophone Affairs, and François Boileau, the French Language Services Commissioner, was in Ottawa to release the final report on the Seamless Access to Justice in French pilot project, and announce that important changes made at the Ottawa courthouse to increase access to justice for French-speakers will be made permanent.
The pilot project, which was delivered in partnership with Ontario’s chief justices, has enhanced access to justice in French at the Ottawa courthouse by:
Clearly displaying information about French language rights specific to family, criminal, civil, and Small Claims Court matters throughout the courthouse
Informing French-speaking individuals of their French language rights at the earliest opportunity to help them navigate Ontario’s justice system and exercise their right to proceed in French
Actively offering services in French through greetings, public announcements and signage in both official languages, so that French-speaking court users are aware of and can access French services
Establishing protocols between local government officials and Ottawa judiciary to facilitate access to justice in French.
The ongoing work to improve access to justice in French for all Franco-Ontarians will be supported by a new Access to Justice in French Advisory Committee that will be established in the near future. The government is also sharing the report with French Language Services Regional Committees throughout the province.
Enhancing justice services for French-speaking people in Ontario is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.